18 Jan 2013 - The 'Flight' Premiere

January 18th, 2013.

I've been back in London for 8 days, and this is already the third premiere I've been to, after "Django Unchained" and the little-known "American Mary". This one was for the Robert Zemeckis-helmed "Flight", and while it's awesome to have photographed the director of 'Back to the Future' - one of my favourite movies growing up - what I did not know until afterwards was that across Leicester Square, there was a premiere for 'house of cards' which was attended by both actor Kevin Spacey and director David Fincher.

Would this have changed my decision to go to the premier of 'Flight'? As of early November 2014... yes.

Still, here's how it went down:

My spot was poor and the premiere space itself was small, but there is a place for a Samyang 8mm held aloft. If nothing else, for establishing shots. Not shown in picture : how cold it was. Temperatures were pretty much spot on zero degrees celsius in London. I was wearing layers.

My spot was poor and the premiere space itself was small, but there is a place for a Samyang 8mm held aloft. If nothing else, for establishing shots. Not shown in picture : how cold it was. Temperatures were pretty much spot on zero degrees celsius in London. I was wearing layers.

It's Robert Zemeckis!! He won an Oscar for Forrest Gump, but I'm kind of intrigued that according to imdb he's better known for directing Back to the Future Part2 than the original Back to the Future.... (!)

It's Robert Zemeckis!! He won an Oscar for Forrest Gump, but I'm kind of intrigued that according to imdb he's better known for directing Back to the Future Part2 than the original Back to the Future.... (!)

Robert Zemeckis also directed Who Framed Roger Rabbit AND wrote Bordello of Blood AND produced the Paris Hilton star vehicle House of Wax. But still... has an Oscar on his shelf.... while at best I have a couple of old digital Pentax SLRs

Robert Zemeckis also directed Who Framed Roger Rabbit AND wrote Bordello of Blood AND produced the Paris Hilton star vehicle House of Wax. But still... has an Oscar on his shelf.... while at best I have a couple of old digital Pentax SLRs

Magnum? It's not ready. He shouldn't even be TALKING about it.

Magnum? It's not ready. He shouldn't even be TALKING about it.

Two of the producers show up. Give wireimage a couple of hours to put their names up and I'll get on that. (two years later... I'm yet to get on that)

Two of the producers show up. Give wireimage a couple of hours to put their names up and I'll get on that. (two years later... I'm yet to get on that)

The lovely Kelly Reilly poses. She played Watson's fiancee/wife in the two Guy Ritchie 'Sherlock Holmes' films.

The lovely Kelly Reilly poses. She played Watson's fiancee/wife in the two Guy Ritchie 'Sherlock Holmes' films.

I get the feeling that Robert Zemeckis doesn't really want to hear about how my memories of the movie 'Beowulf' he directed will forever be tied to the fact that my car, which was parked outside while I watched it at the local cinema, was hail damaged by a heavy storm that took place while I sat inside. And since I really didn't like the movie, I kind of blame him, even though my car was insured against hail damage... (like I said, I didn't think he'd be interested)

I get the feeling that Robert Zemeckis doesn't really want to hear about how my memories of the movie 'Beowulf' he directed will forever be tied to the fact that my car, which was parked outside while I watched it at the local cinema, was hail damaged by a heavy storm that took place while I sat inside. And since I really didn't like the movie, I kind of blame him, even though my car was insured against hail damage... (like I said, I didn't think he'd be interested)

"So anyway, apparently Dan Brown is writing a FOURTH book with the Tom Hanks character in it. Probably be awesome like the others. Anyway, just wanted to say that. I'm not disturbing you or anything?" It's Kelly Reilly, and she's acting polite.

"So anyway, apparently Dan Brown is writing a FOURTH book with the Tom Hanks character in it. Probably be awesome like the others. Anyway, just wanted to say that. I'm not disturbing you or anything?" It's Kelly Reilly, and she's acting polite.

Photographically, everybody has a best side. Kelly Reilly also has a best elbow.

Photographically, everybody has a best side. Kelly Reilly also has a best elbow.

Kelly Reilly briefly channels Scarlett Johansson for exactly one (1) frame. Better her doing it than Denzel, anyway.

Kelly Reilly briefly channels Scarlett Johansson for exactly one (1) frame. Better her doing it than Denzel, anyway.

Denzel Washington has won Oscars for both Best Actor (Training Day) and Best Supporting Actor (Glory). And not even Meryl Streep has managed that. (Because she's, like, a woman, obviously)

Denzel Washington has won Oscars for both Best Actor (Training Day) and Best Supporting Actor (Glory). And not even Meryl Streep has managed that. (Because she's, like, a woman, obviously)

"Yes, Women do tend to ask to marry me quite a lot, yes, and generally I do try to make it look like I take the question seriously. I find three or four seconds, and doing this gesture, makes it look like I've thought about it"

"Yes, Women do tend to ask to marry me quite a lot, yes, and generally I do try to make it look like I take the question seriously. I find three or four seconds, and doing this gesture, makes it look like I've thought about it"

"Actually, my friends sometimes call me 'Asingto'. It's a thing we have"

"Actually, my friends sometimes call me 'Asingto'. It's a thing we have"

No idea. Somebody said something like Yasmine.... but in the low light my camera's autofocus was grateful for the high-contrast of her jacket

No idea. Somebody said something like Yasmine.... but in the low light my camera's autofocus was grateful for the high-contrast of her jacket

Meanwhile, by way of scene transition, we move to..

Meanwhile, by way of scene transition, we move to..

"A sequel to A Christmas Carol? The estate of Charles Dickens might have something to say about it, but sure I'll take a look at your script..." Robert Zemeckis also directed The Polar Express, along with Jim Carrey in 'A Christmas Carol (2009).

"A sequel to A Christmas Carol? The estate of Charles Dickens might have something to say about it, but sure I'll take a look at your script..." Robert Zemeckis also directed The Polar Express, along with Jim Carrey in 'A Christmas Carol (2009).

"Did I REALLY see Stephen Fry naked in Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows... why does everybody keep asking me that??"

"Did I REALLY see Stephen Fry naked in Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows... why does everybody keep asking me that??"

"You want me to do my best Denzel Washington impression? Erm... okay..."

"You want me to do my best Denzel Washington impression? Erm... okay..."

I can't tell you how many close range shots of Denzel Washington I missed changing lenses in zero degree weather when he was standing right in front of me. Going wide for this one was arguably worth it though.

I can't tell you how many close range shots of Denzel Washington I missed changing lenses in zero degree weather when he was standing right in front of me. Going wide for this one was arguably worth it though.

"Biggest frustration as an actor? Probably when there's some dude standing in the way of my shot. That can be quite annoying..." Agreed.

"Biggest frustration as an actor? Probably when there's some dude standing in the way of my shot. That can be quite annoying..." Agreed.

Interviewer: "So... did they actually set you alight for the movie 'Man on Fire? I didn't watch the film, but... No? Really?"

Interviewer: "So... did they actually set you alight for the movie 'Man on Fire? I didn't watch the film, but... No? Really?"

So, that makes it the third one in just over a week!

I don't have a pool room at my place, so like all of these I'm dropping this premiere into "The Archive of Movie premieres"

Until next time!

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